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  1. Absolutely terrific - there was a short run (and rather excellent) 1/72 resin kit of the Trislander available from an art gallery (sic!) some years ago but this is much better! TT
  2. As it's this Sunday is the promised trader/club list up yet? TT
  3. Hi TJK, As we've discussed before, I think Airfix got the nose right whereas Amodel didnt get the duckbill nature of it or the scallops to the 'temples' to the rear of the DV windows quite correct. I'm sure it would be do-able. I have a Amodel T1 to build and we sell the Airfix kit at the Museum so it would probably be possible to kitbash it. I would have to have a close look at the canopies. Airfix's canopy is of the 'letterbox' style, Amodel has a 'baseball cap' style - actually two types one for the T1/T2/T3 with the eyebrow windows and the other without. What is essential if you build any of their HP Jetstreams is the Air Graphics Astazou engine set which is vastly superior to the multi-part assembly you get in the kit. I'll have a think! TT
  4. P.S. I'm not a stranger to WM Jetstreams - I built a version of our machine with my own decals a few years ago (G-AWVK with a RACAL DECCA scheme one side and G-RAVL in current Cranfield University colours on the other - same aircraft she changed reg in the 80's) 81091646_10156835804125976_725416733594091520_n by Ben Brown, on Flickr For my earlier build of the WM Jetstream 41 see here!
  5. IMG_6078 by Ben Brown, on Flickr Hi all, Herewith the latest addition to the Sywell Aviation Museum fleet! As some of you may know we have HP Jetstream 200 G-RAVL on display at the Museum and she is presently under restoration as a classroom. Sywell has strong links with the type as post HP bankruptcy a consortium under Bill Bright purchased the rights to the aircraft and set up production at Sywell before selling out to Scottish Aviation from whence the RAF and RN machines were procured. Our machine was the company demonstrator and was even air raced from Sywell-Biggin Hill in the Daily Express Air Race in 1971 (and won!) it was even televised on BBC Grandstand! I realised we haven't got any models of the RAF/RN versions of what was basically a 200 series militarised. IMG_6076 by Ben Brown, on Flickr In any event this was an older 1/144 Welsh Models dual boxing of the RAF T.1 and RN T.2 the main difference being the thimble nose on the latter. It was a Christmas present (thanks DB!) The decals which came with it were frankly rubbish so I contacted Denzil and bought two newer sheets one for each machine which were much much better (as he said they would be) but still a bit transparent. Quite expensive though at £10 a sheet but I had no option! Main parts are well cast resin (fuselage, 2 tailplanes, 2 wings), all butt joined. The undercarriage and other details are white metal with PE aerials and props. You chop off the resin casing post on the front of the fuselage then attach a white metal nose which cleverly acts as a nose weight to stop tail sitting. IMG_6077 by Ben Brown, on Flickr The WM nose is a bit undersized so took some sanding of the fuselage to blend in. For the T2 you hack off the tip of the nose by eye and add a separate white metal thimble. The JS wings should have dihedral – there is no nose on view so I approximated it more successfully on one than the other. Fit is generally good – a bit of PPP was used to fill gaps round the joins. IMG_6072 by Ben Brown, on Flickr Primed in Rustoleum white plastic primer rattle can which is top stuff (and was used as the top coat). Bottom was Humbrol 64 which I think in retrospect is a bit dark. You have to guess at the cheatline which was broadly successful but there are slight dark marks when the decal was positioned showing the transition. I drilled out the Astazou exhausts and inserted some Albion Alloy tubing which made quite a difference. Detail painting was with Humbrol enamels – Insignia red mainly on the T.1. A coat of Klear to seal everything then added the decals which went down very well with some Mr Setter and microsol and Daco Red for the de-icing boots which were eventually persuaded to conform. IMG_6071 by Ben Brown, on Flickr Some decals would have been appreciated for the prop tips but they were handpainted, the WM spinners then added with gear (the holes for which needed redrilling) and adjustment for height as the Stream can appear to be slightly nose down in stance. IMG_6074 by Ben Brown, on Flickr I then added the PE towel rail aerial which is tiny and the front aerial was replaced with a sliver of black plasticard. A final coat of Klear and we’re done. Added to a Coastal Kits base on to a wooden plinth sprayed white. IMG_6075 by Ben Brown, on Flickr Hope you like the little 'Streams! Not sure what's next, maybe a 1/72 Stearman (G-AROY) in Biggles movie colours, maybe an SBS Miles Sparrowhawk or an LDM Cierva C.30 in 1/48....but then I've just taken delivery of the 1/144 Air-Craft Rapide....choices choices! ATB TT
  6. But importantly- especially as these are in 1/72 and you have the Airfix kit they don’t have spin strakes- which means less work (I’ve tried using the jig with the fuse assembled and tried cutting the bits of fix out on separate halves but every time adding the strakes needs filler!) removing the slats is easy compared to adding the strakes TT
  7. Actually they sit there quite happily and you can thread the Javelin through the wires and it will sit straight- you’ll see when you try it. They are fairly substantial nearly an inch thick IIRC and a lot thicker than the flying wires- 🫡
  8. Also don't forget the 'javelin' - a wooden 'rod' with bullet shaped end which helps to stiffen the interconnecting wing wires at the X point - Airfix missed this from their 1/48 instructions (which otherwise are pretty good) and IIRC the 1/72 ones as well - the number of Tigers on show tables missing them is legion! TT
  9. Apologies 116 Dark Green - finger trouble! Basically within reason you have loads of options how to paint it -certainly a lot of the BFC/BA Sywell Moths had dark coloured props but its your model - your rules! TT
  10. No problem- it’s not definitive though if you look at the sequence perhaps it’s just a glossy varnished wooden prop🙂 https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/photos/brooklands-flying-club?assettype=image&sort=best&phrase=Brooklands flying club&license=rf%2Crm ultimately though your guess is as good as anyone else’s! Even Mika isn’t sure he’s left the props plain or silver on the decal guide -of all the colours I’m pretty sure silver isn’t it- even light grey is a modern thing not period 30s the way they got through props in the 30s it could change one week to the next/ your model your rules! if you do want a shiny brass leading edge used a gold sharpie- really works and dead easy to do ! Oh and it’s US Matt green sorry - see my Swift here; TT
  11. Prop is wooden, L/E strips are brass often painted. There are loads of variations of Gipsy props- many different colours and yes some were fabric covered. I have an unrestored example which matches exactly to Humbrol US army green. Wartime props were usually black with yellow tips. that looks cream to me 🫡 TT
  12. Don't the parts in the kit hint that one might be coming in a red box? TT
  13. 🌈 ? All power to them revisiting their 'Streams - plenty more schemes to come I hope! TT
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